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UNC '05 title ring on eBay

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

For $3,500, (current bid, four days still left), a genuine championship ring from UNC's 2005 national championship season, can be yours via eBay.

Joe Ovies at 850 the Buzz has discovered that the ring was issued by the NCAA, not UNC, and at some point belonged to David Noel or someone in his family.

As far as championship rings, this one looks pretty tame but the NCAA has to balance the books. They can't waste their nonprofit status on bling.

Davis optimistic about running attack

DURHAM — North Carolina coach Butch Davis said Thursday he is optimistic about his team's running game after watching wide-receiver-turned-running-back Greg Little average 123 yards in the final two games of last season.

But Little, a sophomore, can't do it alone.

College football season starts in Triangle

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | N.C. State | UNC

Coaches from the Triangle's four Division I football programs gathered at the Sheraton in RTP Thursday as part of the annual Pigskin Preview to talk about the game and the season ahead.
At one point, the coaches were asked about the strengths and concerns of their teams.

The coaches responded:

This Bud's for Hawaii

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | N.C. State | UNC

Duke uses its basketball program to fund the rest of its athletic department. The luxury suites at Carter-Finley Stadium keep N.C. State's athletic wheels greased.

Those are conventional methods of funding an athletic program and improving facilities. The University of Hawaii is thinking outside the box and inside the can.

UNC names new baseball assistant

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

Scott Jackson, a veteran assistant who has coached baseball at Liberty, UNC-Wilmington, Campbell, Barton and Wofford, has been hired by North Carolina.

He will replace Chad Holbrook, who left UNC earlier this month to take a job at South Carolina. Jackson will specialize in hitting and baserunning, the school said in a news release.

"I'm thrilled to be working at the best university in the country and with two guys in Coach [Mike] Fox and Coach [Scott] Forbes that are not only great coaches, but great people,'' Jackson said in a prepared statement.

UNC has advanced to three straight College World Series. 


No more plunges for Hansbrough (probably)

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough said he was surprised by all the attention his leap off a second-floor fraternity balcony into a pool received earlier this summer.

But then again, having another year to behave like a college kid was one of the reasons he opted to return to UNC, rather than leave early for the NBA.

Wright shaping up with Warriors

Brandan Wright is trying to catch up this summer after an uneven and disappointing rookie NBA season with the Golden State Warriors where he played just 38 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds, while getting uneven playing time.

It obviously didn't do the lanky forward, the 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, any good to miss summer league play with a hip flexor injury. He sustained the injury while working out at UNC prior to being picked eighth overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

He's playing this summer and the Warriors say they like what they're seeing from a bigger Wright, who is averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games.

UNC's Ginyard surprised by warrant

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard was shocked earlier this month when an assistant coach called him to ask if he knew there was a warrant issued for his arrest.

Ginyard said the reason he didn’t show up for his scheduled court date for two misdemeanor charges on violating a noise ordinance and driving with an expired inspection sticker — thus, earning the warrant — was that he hired a lawyer to do it for him. And the lawyer didn’t show up.

Heels say team goals come first

Tags: ACC Now | ACC | UNC

CHAPEL HILL — One of the few apparent obstacles to North Carolina’s NCAA title hopes could be what Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson learned this summer.

They explored their NBA draft possibilities by attending pre-draft workouts in Orlando and working out for NBA teams as underclassmen.

Then they returned to North Carolina, joining Tyler Hansbrough to make the Tar Heels the overwhelming favorite to win the NCAA title.

Defining tough

The Worldwide Leader has joined the ACC blogosphere and Heather Dinich made quite a splash with her rankings of the toughest places to play football in the ACC.

N.C. State fans are less than thrilled with Dinich, who more than capably covered Maryland football for the Baltimore Sun and Penn State football for the Centre Daily Times before joining ESPN, because she put Carter-Finley Stadium 11th on her list.

Wolfpackers, and other ACC fans, also took umbrage with her decision to put UNC's Kenan Stadium at No. 4.

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